The 12th Andover (West) Scout Group

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Welcome to the 12th Andover (West) Scout Group website

COVID-19 Latest News (15/09/2020): We are back to face-to-face meetings on-site once again following Government guidelines closely. We have a detailed plan for running section meetings and you are welcome to view it if you wish, just ask a leader.

You should have already received a letter from your section leaders with full details of this works each week. Please contact them if not.

We are very pleased to be back up and running again. We hope you all enjoy your time with us. This is how things will work every week now until the guidelines change again.

Scroll down or click ‘News & Events’ above for all our latest news ….

We are based in the Andover District in North Hampshire. Our Group meet at the Scout Hut on West Portway in Andover (see contact for more details).

Our group consists of Beaver, Cub & Scout sections and in addition, one of the District Explorer units also meets at our hut as well as a Networks section.

We have a great hut with lots of facilities, a large car park and a wonderfully large outside space that is fully and safely enclosed, allowing us to hold camps and many events within our own grounds.

The aim of the Scout Association is to promote the development of young people and help them achieve their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potentials as individual, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities.

This website is continuously being added to so please browse it regularly to find new information on the 12th Andover (West) Scout Group.

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Successful first week back …

So that was week 1 and we finally got back to a whole week of scouting at the HQ. Last night (Thursday) the Cubs met for the first time and we had 2 full bubbles of them in the 2 mess tents having a great time getting together and doing activities outside. First impressions are that all the hard work in preparing for this has paid off and as far as we are aware everyone has stayed safe but been able to have fun. Here’s to next week. Bubble A in action Bubble B in... read more

Scouts Meet at Last !

Last night’s Scout section meeting was a great success and all the planning and careful preparation to keep everyone as safe as possible finally paid off. Around 20 young people attended the first meeting on-site since March and the group split into 2 Bubbles, one at each end of the field to do cooking and make fires etc. One parent commented, “I don’t know who enjoyed it more, the Scouts or the leaders.” So it is on to Beavers tonight …. Making fires The mess tents Making... read more

Tonight’s the Night

At last we return to meetings at the HQ starting with Scouts tonight and the sun is shining on us so it should be a great evening though of course very different to what we were doing in September last year. We are looking forward to seeing everyone this... read more


We are pleased to be able to tell you that we will be restarting face-to-face meetings at the HQ beginning with Scouts on Monday next week (Sept 14th) then Beavers on their new day of Tuesday and Cubs on Thursday. We have created a comprehensive return plan for how this will work that has been approved locally and by the Andover District team. More news on this will appear here soon and all parents/carers will shortly be receiving an email with full details on how this will work and what you need to know each week including which Bubble your young people are in. There will be a staggered drop-off and pick-up process and to make this understandable for you we recommend that you watch the short video that will soon be uploaded to the section Facebook sites. If you are not a member of those sites then please ask your leader for... read more

Beavers win Chief Scout Awards

The most difficult badge to win in each of our sections is the Chief Scout Award. It takes a lot of hard work and effort over a long period to do all the tasks that are required to eventually achieve the badge and anyone who does this can be very proud of themselves for what they have done. In normal circumstances all badge winners get to attend a ceremony where our District Commissioner, Julian Slade would hand out the awards and each winner would go up on the stage to receive it and get a loud round of applause from everyone present to show the winners how proud we are as a group. Unfortunately, as I am sure you know, circumstances are NOT normal and so the awards were posted to the winners this time. I know that this is not what we would have wanted but it doesn’t lessen the terrific achievement for each of our winners and we are still very proud of you all. The winners in our Beaver section this time were: Benedict Nock, Andrew Witcher, Freya Parnham, Arlo Garland, Billy Wisniewski, Jacob Whincup and Hamish Manson. Very well done to you... read more

Beavers meet Conrad

Last week our Beaver section met with children’s poet Conrad Burdekin on Zoom and together they composed a poem called ‘The 12th Andover West CafĂ© ‘ and here it is. Great effort guys, we love it... read more